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The physician experts at The Center for Endocrinology at Mercy in Baltimore provide diagnosis and treatment for endocrine disorders, including bone health, diabetes and thyroid disorders. Endocrinologists specializing in bone health use results from bone density testing to evaluate risks for osteoporosis and provide effective treatment options.
Bone density testing is performed to evaluate bone strength and risk for osteoporosis. The DEXA scan, the most common bone density test, is considered the gold standard in determining bone health. The DEXA test is highly sensitive, comprehensive and very accurate in measuring bone mass.
The DEXA result is called a T-score. This T-score compares the patient’s bone mass with a population of young adult women with normal bone mass. A T-score above -1.0 is considered normal. Any T-score less than -1.0 indicates that the patient should consult with a bone health specialist about the best treatment options for osteoporosis based on personal risk factors.
The most common bone density testing, the DEXA scan, takes about 10 to 20 minutes to perform. As the patient lies on the DEXA table, two x-ray beams, one with high energy and one with low energy, pass through the bone. The bone density is determined by the difference between the amounts of energy passed through the bone by the two beams. To prepare for a DEXA scan, a patient should not take any calcium supplements for 24 hour prior to the DEXA scan.
Bone density testing should be performed when osteoporosis is suspected. Indications for having a bone density test include:
The Center for Endocrinology at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, is led by some of the Mid-Atlantic’s top rated endocrinologists focusing on endocrine conditions, including osteoporosis, bone density, Type 1, Type 2 and gestational diabetes, high blood glucose, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism and neuroendocrine tumors. Our experts offer advanced treatment options, such as DEXA scanning, continuous glucose monitoring, nuclear isotope therapy, thyroid fine-needle aspiration and ultrasound guided biopsies.
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